Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith as Catholics. What a great day!
In the first reading from Deuteronomy 8, Moses reminds the people not to forget all the wondrous deeds that the Lord has done for them, including feeding them in the desert with manna. And in the second reading from 1 Corinthians 10, St. Paul asks, “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?” Obviously, St. Paul knew the reality of the Eucharist.
The Gospel reading is taken from John 6. Jesus says, “For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” The Eucharist can be difficult concept to grasp. After all, if you took the host and the cup, even after the transubstantiation, and put it under a microscope, it would still look like ordinary bread and wine. But because Jesus gave the Apostles and their successors the power to transform the bread and wine, we believe that they truly become the Body and Blood of Christ. Let us never fail to give thanks to God for the most amazing gift every given to the human race.
Father, strengthen our belief in the Eucharist. Help us always be thankful that we can participate in the Body and Blood of Christ. Amen.